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September 24, 2007

Congressional Record, Vol. 72, No. 142 (September 21, 2007)
CQ Today, Vol. 43, No. 152 (September 24, 2007)
Federal Register, Vol. 72, No. 185 (September 24, 2007)

The Senate is in session today.
The House is in session today.  


Bills Introduced

S 2083 ( Carper, D-DE), to require any federal or state court to recognize any notarization made by a notary public licensed by a state other than the state where the court is located when such notarization occurs in or affects interstate commerce; to Judiciary. S11952, CR 9/21/07.


The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a confirmation hearing on the nominations of John Daniel Tinder, of Indiana, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit; and Robert M. Dow Jr., of Illinois, to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois. 9/25/07, 2:30 pm, 226 Dirksen.


The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on HR 2128, to provide for media coverage of federal court proceedings. 9/27/07, 1 pm, 2141 Rayburn.

Criminal Justice

Bills Introduced

S 2084 ( Leahy, D-VT), to promote school safety, improved law enforcement; placed on the calendar. S11952, CR 9/21/07.  

Floor Action

On 9/21/07, the Senate passed S 456, to increase and enhance law enforcement resources committed to investigations and prosecutions of violent gangs, to deter and punish violent gang crime, to protect law-abiding citizens and communities from violent criminals, to revise and enhance criminal penalties for violent crime, and to expand and improve gang prevention program.

Elder Law

Committee Action

The House Financial Services Committee will mark up HR 2930, to amend Section 202 of the Housing Act of 1959 to improve the program under such section for supportive housing for the elderly. 9/25/07, 10 am, 2128 Rayburn.

Environmental Law


On 9/24/07, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Commerce, published a notice of final rule establishing regulations under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation Act. The regulations implement an industry fee system for repaying a $35 million federal loan financing a fishing capacity reduction program in the longline catcher processor subsector of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) non-pollock groundfish fishery. This final rule is effective, and fee payment collection begins, on 10/24/07. FR 54219.

Housing and Homelessness

Committee Action  

The House Financial Services Committee will mark up the following legislation: HR 3521, to improve the Operating Fund for public housing of the Department of Housing and Urban Development; HR 3355, to ensure the availability and affordability of homeowners’ insurance coverage for catastrophic events; and HR 3524, to reauthorize the HOPE VI program for revitalization of severely distressed public housing. 9/25/07, 10 am, 2128 Rayburn.

Indian Law


The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on the prevalence of violence against Indian women. 9/27/07, immediately following 9 am full committee markup. 628 Dirksen.

Committee Action  

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will mark up pending legislation. 9/27/07, 9 am, 628 Dirksen.

Presidential Action  

On 9/20/07, the president signed HR 2358 [P.L. 110-82], to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint and issue coins in commemoration of Native Americans and the important contributions made by Indian tribes and individual Native Americans to the development of the United States and the history of the United States.

International Law

Floor Action

On 9/21/07, the Senate passed S Res 320, recognizing the achievement of the people of Ukraine in pursuit of freedom and democracy, and expressing the hope that the parliamentary elections on 9/30/07 preserve and extend these gains and provide for a stable and representative government.

Justice Department


On 9/21/07, the Senate received the nomination of Michael B. Mukasey, of New York, to be Attorney General.

National Security


The Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing titled “Border Insecurity Take Three: Open and Unmonitored.” 9/27/07, 10 am, 215 Dirksen.

The Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services and International Security Subcommittee, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing on the role of federal executive boards in pandemic preparedness. 9/28/07, 10 am, 342 Dirksen.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled “Preserving the Rule of Law in the Fight Against Terrorism.” 10/2/07, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.

The Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology Subcommittee, House Homeland Security Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Beyond the Checklist: Address Shortfalls in the National Pandemic Preparedness.” 9/26/07, 10 am, 311 Cannon.